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Q&A with Malory

06 September 2017

With silver-blonde plaited hair like Khaleesi / Daenerys Targaryen and dressed in a kaleidoscope of colour, sitting down to talk with singer-songwriter Malory brightened up our entire week.

Malory already has multiple incredible achievements under her belt; supporting George Ezra, playing at Proud Camden and Troubadour and being awarded the Song Academy Young Songwriter Award 2013 to name just a few. 

With her single 'Rapture' featured this summer across the radio waves and her EP 'Dystopia' on the way, it's clear 2017 is the catalyst year for the singer as she begins to carve out what we're sure will be the start of a stunning career. 

 

Malory | Pagoda optics in black

 

How did you get started in music?

I was inspired by my sister and my father because they both wrote music, so I started writing with them when I was quite young. Then I realised through those angsty teenage years that songwriting was very therapeutic and calming, and I combined that with my love of drama and the theatricality of performing and it all sort of blended together. My mum encouraged me to pursue it and I've been gigging around now since I was 16.

 

Malory | Pagoda optics in black

 

Who would you say inspired you in those formative years?

I guess my parents brought me up on Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carol King ... you know, the classic songwriters! Of course I loved Britney Spears and The Spice Girls growing up as any young girl did, but that was just the whole princess-pop vibe. Then my sister showed me Regina Spektor one day and I just fell in love with her writing, she's just so unique and off the wall and her subject choices are just sort of crazy and interesting. She's remained a constant source of inspiration. I think Fiona Apple as well. Music can be so competitive, particularly with women; a lot of girls don't want to help each other out. So I think when you find those strong female voices that really speak to you it's important to hold onto them and lift them up and credit them.

 

Malory | Pagoda optics in black

 

How would you describe your musical style?

It's alternative-pop and ... I guess it's eclectic. I always say I never want to stick to one thing. Obviously people want to listen to an album and hear a similar style or genre throughout, but I like to think of each of my songs as a different shade of the rainbow and like, I am the rainbow! I want my songs to have that uniqueness even though they're all part of the same rainbow/record.

 

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Energetic, spontaneous and curious.

 

Malory | Genesis AAA sunglasses in clear

 

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Production wise, Mark Ronson has always been in my mind as someone I'd love to work with. Artist wise, there's a guy called Declan McKenna who is making big waves at the moment, and I love him so much. His lyrics and melodies are stunning. Life goals wise, oh it's hard, but maybe someone like Benjamin Clementine ... that would be amazing. My boyfriend is in a band called The Shy Kids, so collaborating with them more would also be cool!

 

Malory | Genesis AAA sunglasses in clear

 

What's your dream venue to play?

I once had my phone background as Madison Square Garden like, "that's the goal Malory!" But I think for me these days, it's actually less about the venue and more about the response you get from the crowd, which is why I love festivals so much. I'd love to play Latitude and Bestival and all the international festivals too - the vibe out there is so amazing. I can't not say the Royal Albert Hall as well, I mean, that would be insane, I don't think there's any artist across any genre who wouldn't want to play there, it's so iconic. That's a place for real real music. You know you're respected when you're playing the Royal Albert Hall.

 

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

In terms of writing, my dad always said to me that "when you think you've written an amazing hook, you should always try and beat that". You always have to challenge yourself to see if you can do better than what you think is your best. Also, I think just try not to compare yourself. I know it's hard especially when you're younger, but as you get older you start to embrace your individuality more and you just need to keep holding onto that and that really keeps you healthy in the industry.

 

Malory | Pagoda optics in black

 

How is it being a part of the music industry?

I think it's constantly changing, with technology and different movements of genres that people are into, it can be quite confusing to decide what to do next. The main thing I've realised is the more I like what I'm doing, the more others like what I'm doing. So I try not to please other people by just putting something out because they supposedly like it, because otherwise I'm left there thinking "hold on, that's not my favourite, why did I put that out? I think it is always better to please yourself first, and always do what you love. Always be really nice to people because you never know who you're going to meet on the way up or the way down, and stay positive.

  

If you could pick anyone in the world to cover your songs, who would you like to hear interpret your music?

Oh that's good! Obviously Bob Dylan would be a dream. As for someone my nearer my own age, maybe Lorde. Lorde would be really cool, maybe we're too similar in style but it would still be a totally different sound. Or maybe Vampire Weekend, hearing them cover one of my songs would be really interesting! I'm sure there are countless others but I can't decide!

 

Malory | Genesis AAA sunglasses in clear

 

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